By six to nine months, babies already have a basic understanding of words for food and body parts. In a new report, Duke University researchers show that babies also recognize that words like ‘mouth’ and ‘nose’ are more alike than ‘book’ and ‘diaper.’

CITATION: “The Nature and Origins of the Lexicon in Six-month-olds,” Elika Bergelson and Richard Aslin. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Nov. 20, 2017. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1712966114

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